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Barbary stag

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Artiodactyla
Subfamily  Cervinae
Scientific name  Cervus elaphus barbarus
Rank  Subspecies
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Cervidae
Genus  Cervus
Higher classification  Red deer
Barbary stag Cervus corsicanus barbarus Berberhirsch Barbary stag Flickr
Similar  Red deer, Deer, Cervus, Mammal, Cuvier's gazelle

The Barbary stag (Cervus elaphus barbarus) or Atlas deer is a subspecies of red deer that is native to North Africa.

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Description

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The Barbary stag is smaller than the typical red deer. Its body is dark brown with some white spots on its flanks and back. The antlers lack the bez (second) tine.

Range/Habitat

The Atlas deer is the only member of the deer family that is native to Africa. It thrives in dense, humid forested areas of Algeria and Tunisia. It had initially been hunted to extinction in the latter, but specimens from the Tunisian population were reintroduced in the 1990s. One population can be found in Tazekka National Park in the Middle Atlas Mountains.

Nomenclature

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Recent genetic studies indicate that the North African red deer population is practically indistinguishable from the Sardinian and Corsican populations, generally referred to as the Corsican red deer. This strongly argues for an ancient introduction of red deer from North Africa to these mediterranean islands by humans. Further analysis suggests that the Barbary stag, including Corsican red deer, belongs to a separate species, and should be grouped under the name Cervus corsicanus.

Predators

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The Barbary stag has or has had predators like the Barbary lion, the Atlas bear, and the Barbary leopard, but they have either become extinct or are endangered.

References

Barbary stag Wikipedia


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